Saturday, September 23, 2006

It's not always smiles at first meeting.

It is heartbreaking for children who have been abandoned multiple times in their very short lives. First by their birth parents, then being shifted between orphanage and foster homes and finally to their very unfamiliar looking, mostly caucasian adoptive parents.

I wonder sometimes at their resilience and ability to trust. From stories I've read and videos I've seen of adoptive parents that have already walked that path and successfully arrived on the doorstep of "gotcha day" and past it to going home ... these amazing little children have the ability to handle so much change and upheaval. And they learn to love and trust in such a short space of time (mostly).

This video is particularly touching as the adoptive parents video the first meeting and their daughter's adverse (at first) reaction to them.